Why choose us?


Extensive database

Check against a global list of 1.7+ million Politically Exposed Persons.


Identify risk

Evaluate risk thoroughly with relevant and up-to-date data.


Increase efficiency

Enhance operational efficiency and protect your company funds.

How it works?


Step 1

Obtain name and date of birth from the identity document of the user.


Step 2

Check the user details against global lists to evaluate risk profile.


Step 3

Keep an eye on changes in PEP lists to track changes in customer/client profiles.

PEPs Features

More on PEPs?

A PEP (Politically Exposed Person) is someone entrusted with a prominent political position or a high-profile public function. Their position increases their susceptibility to financial fraud, bribes and corruption, increasing their financial risk profiles.

Most AML (Anti-Money Laundering) regulations include comprehensive requirements for PEP screening, which makes it beneficial for financial institutions to apply enhanced due diligence measures while dealing with PEPs.

PEPs are generally classified according to their risk values, and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) classifies them as,

  • Foreign PEPs

    Foreign PEPs are those politically exposed persons holding a prominent public function on behalf of a state that differs from the state in which a financial institution is currently operating from. These include heads of state, the council of ministers, senior military/judicial officers, and other prominent personalities. Once an individual is classified as a foreign PEP, they remain so even after the completion of their terms.

  • Domestic PEPs

    Domestic PEPs are prominent political figures that hold a public function in the same state a financial institution operates from. Similar to foreign PEPs, they include heads of state, vice presidents, senior judicial/military officers and other senior leaders. Though they are considered to be less risky in comparison to foreign PEPs, domestic PEPs are generally more in number and require full-scale enhanced due diligence measures.

  • International organisation PEPs

    These include the senior management of international organisations like the UN (United Nations), WTO (World Trade Organisation), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international bodies.

A risk-based PEP screening that includes strict AML/CFT policies helps financial institutions identify high-risk clients, protecting them from fraud and enhancing their reputation.

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What does your Screening process involve?

uqudo’s screening process involves running background checks by checking global lists for high-risk entities. In regulated industries, there is a requirement to ensure the individuals you are dealing with aren’t sanctioned to mitigate business risk.

  1. Anti Money Laundering (AML) is a set of policies, procedures, and technologies that prevents money laundering. Money laundering involves the execution of transactions to eventually convert illegally obtained money into legal money.
  2. A Politically Exposed Person (PEP) check, also known as PEP sanction screening, involves searching official politically exposed people lists to see if a prospective or current customer is on that list during client identification or transaction screening processes.
  3. Sanctions checks (sometimes known as watchlist checks) are specialised searches that include several international, government, or regulator sanctions databases that identify individuals prohibited from certain activities or industries.

How do you do AML/PEP’s/Sanctions screening?

Our Screening lists include the following:

  1. Monitored Lists: 900+ monitored lists that include international sanctions, money laundering and other global lists.
  2. PEPs (Politically Exposed Person) lists: PEP list check against 1.7+ million high-risk individuals.
  3. Adverse Media Screening: Screening against 3 billion media articles.

We can screen and monitor in real-time, on an ongoing basis.

What is AML?

AML (Anti-Money Laundering) refers to the rules and regulations that combat money laundering and terrorist financing. AML screening helps detect and identify these suspicious activities. 

What are monitored lists?

Monitored lists use data from numerous sources to evaluate a customer’s risk profile. Some examples of monitored lists include

  • International sanction lists (FATF, OFAC, UNSC)
  • Regional sanction lists (MENAFATF, EU, GIABA, ESAAMLG)
  • Money laundering 
  • Terrorist financing
  • Drug trafficking
  • Narcotics trafficking 
  • Human rights violations
  • International treaties violations

What is PEP screening?

PEPs (Politically Exposed Persons) are those individuals holding a prominent public position, which increases their susceptibility to fraud. PEP screening involves identifying PEPs and evaluating their risk profiles. 

Our PEP screening involves evaluation against 4 PEPs risk levels, which are:

  1. High-risk PEPs
  2. Medium-risk PEPs
  3. Low-risk PEPs
  4. PEPs by association

Why is watchlist screening important?

A global watchlist screening helps companies identify suspicious money launderers and individuals associated with financial crimes. Along with this, screening helps firms comply with their region’s AML/CFT regulations.

Are uqudo’s Screening lists regularly updated?

Yes, our database undergoes real-time updates, so our Ongoing AML can easily track changes in a customer’s risk profile.